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Something More Than Night | [Ian Tregillis]

Something More Than Night

Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.
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Ian Tregillis's Something More Than Night is a Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler inspired murder mystery set in Thomas Aquinas’s vision of Heaven. It’s a noir detective story starring fallen angels, the heavenly choir, nightclub stigmatics, a priest with a dirty secret, a femme fatale, and the Voice of God.

Somebody has murdered the angel Gabriel. Worse, the Jericho Trumpet has gone missing, putting Heaven on the brink of a truly cosmic crisis. But the twisty plot that unfolds from the murder investigation leads to something much bigger: a con job one billion years in the making.Because this is no mere murder. A small band of angels has decided to break out of heaven, but they need a human patsy to make their plan work.Much of the story is told from the point of view of Bayliss, a cynical fallen angel who has modeled himself on Philip Marlowe. The yarn he spins follows the progression of a Marlowe novel—the mysterious dame who needs his help, getting grilled by the bulls, finding a stiff, getting slipped a mickey.

Angels and gunsels, dames with eyes like fire, and a grand maguffin, Something More Than Night is a murder mystery for the cosmos.

©2013 Ian Tregillis (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 04-14-14
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 04-14-14 Member Since 2013
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    "part noir mystery, part philosophy class"

    I really really enjoyed this book. It's a strange combination of genres, and I thought it was great. To say too much would be to give away the plot, but the synopsis isn't bad. The book is told from Bayliss in the first person and Molly in the third person, which was a little odd, but I didn't let it bother me much. The narrator was excellent for both. I also thought that the author did a superb job of making the two very different characters, completely distinct in how they told their parts of the story, a rare talent in an author!

    I imagine that reviews of this book will be very divided. If you want to sit back and listen to the poetry of a twisting, convoluted plot (which I'd advise requires if not a small knowledge of philosophy, then a dictionary (or google) on hand), then you'll love it. If you don't like super elaborate descriptions and metaphors then you'll probably find this book bloated in self-indulgent excess. So be forewarned. If you don't like the first twenty minutes or so, don't go on. If you loved it (like I did), sit back and enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Danville, CA, United States 12-15-13
    Matt Danville, CA, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Pretty good story!"
    What did you love best about Something More Than Night?

    Original story with noirish feel


    What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to and why?

    The man in the empty suit is somewhat close, simpy because it's such an original mystery


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marquis Burge 04-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "be prepared"

    slow story, much more interesting lore than plot, and you get a bit out of the loop more than you'd care for

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Torsten Will 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Confusing imagery, but interesting language"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Too much -- the plot is confusing, the style of writing even more. I find the kind of images used to describe situations not appealing, but confusing.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Brings over the snoops language very good.


    Do you think Something More Than Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, I don't like the style of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite I found that it is difficult for me to find a sense or plot in the story I kept listening to it because I really like the style of talking of the main character: He uses slang and style of a classical P.I. novels snoop, which is really appealing and a bit funny. It reminds me of Bogart and of Tracer Bullet (Bill Watersons, of course). Very nice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Tucson, AZ, United States 02-27-15
    Christina Tucson, AZ, United States 02-27-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Just an amazing story"

    Brother, this is a humdinger. Park the body. Have a read. You'll be glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Parish 01-15-15
    G. Parish 01-15-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "The best part of this is the narrator"

    The story isn't bad, but the narrator carries this story and lifts it from the realms of just another fallen angel story to a modern noir. Don't get me wrong, the writing was actually pretty good, but this was raised to its heights by the narration.

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    Catherine 11-30-14
    Catherine 11-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A quantum theorists idea of heaven's mythology"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommended for anyone with the love of noir, strong female characters, and metaphysical humor. Hilarious, unexpected despite being trope filled, and attention grabbing. A joy to read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-02-14
    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 11-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "More than a few moments of Brilliance!"

    I feel like I appreciate it more for what an astounding writing accomplishment it is than I actually enjoyed listening to it. I gave this book my full concentration and while it had some of the most enjoyable writing I can remember, a lot of it went over my head.

    I am not always a fan of Scott Brick's narration for some books, but I thought he was spot on for this book and writing style.

    Overall, I enjoyed it, maybe more of a 3.5 stars than 4. I still look forward To Mr. Tregillis' next writing effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "UGH!"

    Let me repeat…. "UGH!" Oh, and then there's Scott Brick at his most portentous. Double "UGH!" To be fair, it may have become better after the first hour… I can't tell ya. You know why? Uh-huh…. "UGH!"

    2 of 13 people found this review helpful
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  • Oliver
    London, United Kingdom
    2/5/14
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    "Mind bendingly brilliant!"
    Would you listen to Something More Than Night again? Why?

    I actually went to the trouble to deliberately log into Audible and write this review, that should say a lot. Fantastic book which comes to life with Scott Brick narrating who should be familiar to anyone who's listened to the Ender's Game books as the voice of Bean.

    The fact that Tregillis has a PhD in physics is pretty obvious throughout this book but the surrealist descriptions teamed with the classic Bogart one liners make this a very original piece of work.


    What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to, and why?

    Somewhere between Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and the mind folding complexity of Ian M Banks.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Delivery. Just plain old delivery. He makes Bayliss into a real person during the course of this book!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. I won't spoil it but yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The most unique story I've read/heard in a long time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • krishna a
    Hatfield,UK
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    "Great novel"
    What did you like most about Something More Than Night?

    It is a fascinating setting with an awesome mix of religion with a little theoretical physics sprinkled for fun.


    What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to, and why?

    on the surface it seems like other urban fantasies but it is much more.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favourite?

    Bayliss of course,Scott got the Noir feel if the novel exactly right,It was a pleasure listening to the book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. Mccartney
    Cambridge, UK
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    "Intelligent, Genre-Bending for Noir Fans"

    The thing that I really love about Something More Than Night is it's completeness. Where Jim Butcher might throw "Noir" and "Magic" at the wall in order to see what sticks (with admittedly fun results), this book is utterly deliberate right through to the end; what seems like a genre-quirk becomes utterly essential to the plot, and you can't shake the feeling that a very clever writer is at work.

    This is fundamentally a hard-boiled detective novel, and those elements are right on the nose, so really don't go in expecting anything else. The characters are sometimes charming, often funny, but I don't think I'd call any of them likable, and they're not trying to be. The prose is great, and there's a complexity of plot that Raymond Chandler would be proud of. Most importantly it really, really works as a detective story - never predictable, and you don't feel like the author has magicked the solution out of the air.

    As for the more fantastical stuff, Tregillis has successfully blended Judaeo-Christian mythology with various concepts from modern Physics to come up with a satisfyingly smart and deep world, full of supernatural beings and extended metaphors about quantum entanglement. Possibly this will be off-putting for anyone who hasn't read, say, a popular science book recently, but it's fun, smart, and allows the author to be properly thought-provoking from time to time.

    Finally, Scott Brick is just great. Anything read in the first person needs a first class narrator, and Mr Brick just nails the jaded, hardboiled-detective persona required of Baylis. Perfectly pitched, I really couldn't have enjoyed this book more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ian R
    12/1/14
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    "Something more than straightforward"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narration is excellent and enhances the overall "feel" of the story. Very unusual and complex tale of things that are, things that might be, and things that were.


    What other book might you compare Something More Than Night to, and why?

    Not sure I can think of any. Scott Brick's narration brings The Passage to mind.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    A sense of world weariness and impending disaster. His delivery adds depth and shading to the journey.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Molly goes back to visit her partner.


    Any additional comments?

    Not an easy story to follow but well worth the effort in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane
    Fleckney, United Kingdom
    8/17/14
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    "Good in parts"
    What would have made Something More Than Night better?

    Less meandering science/pseudoscience. Make a point. Don't keep playing with it in greater and greater detail.


    What was most disappointing about Ian Tregillis’s story?

    The first half was good for setting the scene, but then collapsed into ever decreasing circles of self indulgence. The detailed intricacies were fine as a hook, but it just got a bit much.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Unlike others I found it clear and understandable. Sadly, it was the best thing about this recording.


    What character would you cut from Something More Than Night?

    The protagonist. Is that allowed?


    Any additional comments?

    I usually like novels like this, but this just didn't float my boat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Boston, United Kingdom
    7/28/14
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    "Ponderous narration ruins a good story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ian Tregillis writes fantastic books and I was really looking forward to this. I have tried several times to get into this one and I can't get past the truly awful narration.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get to the end, only made it about 2 chapters in.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Remove Scott Brick and get someone who can read a story, make it gripping and not make it sound like he's reading the instructions to a self-assembly wardrobe.


    Do you think Something More Than Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I didn't reach the end so didn't know.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel very harsh giving a review that might impact on the author's sales as I intend buying this book to read as the content of the first chapter was very intriguing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sollenbum
    7/14/14
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    "Angelic noir"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It was a strange mix of science fiction and angelology.


    What was most disappointing about Ian Tregillis’s story?

    The structure of the plot meandered and there wasn't a strong, central relationship.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Haven't listened to his other performances. His performance wasn't the problem. It was the strange nature of the book.


    Do you think Something More Than Night needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't be interested in a sequel, but others might like the strange genre mix.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really my cup of tea, but I did listen to it all so perhaps others might like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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